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Sail Date: July 2019
The Carnival Glory was an excellent ship experience right down to the service for the dining room with our cruise servers Savio, Cassandra and Pavu. They gave us top notch service every single night. Then our stateroom steward Indra was ... Read More
The Carnival Glory was an excellent ship experience right down to the service for the dining room with our cruise servers Savio, Cassandra and Pavu. They gave us top notch service every single night. Then our stateroom steward Indra was great at keeping our room clean. We did three excursions in Hondorous, Belize, and Cozumel. We celebrated our grandsons birthday on the ship and they gave him special treatment with a cake and a gift from Dr. Seuss characters. We attended the Dr. Seuss breakfast which was a great time and breath taking decorations. My other two grandkids loved everything and my little granddaughter was loved on by all the staff. My only complaint would be my daughter was told that my granddaughter who is 15 months old could not swim unless she was potty trained, but after we talked with the service desk it was fixed. Also the shows at night were so good, the dancers and singers held your attention to the fullest. It was a great time on Glory, so sad to leave and I would do it all over again. Thank you for a fantastic time Carnival Glory and all the staff! We love you! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Prior to this cruise I had not cruised on the Valor Before, however I did cruise on the Pre Inaugural sailing of her older sister the Carnival Spirit. I was somewhat concerned by others commenting that the ship is showing its age. Upon ... Read More
Prior to this cruise I had not cruised on the Valor Before, however I did cruise on the Pre Inaugural sailing of her older sister the Carnival Spirit. I was somewhat concerned by others commenting that the ship is showing its age. Upon boarding I did a quick ship inspection and I was very impressed. The ship is not new, but with that said I found the floors, furniture, and ships interior all to be in excellent condition. Also we had two cabins and I found both to be in very good condition. Comfortable mattresses, couch and chairs in room in good shape, clean bathroom, and very functional closet and drawer space. The one major drawback to this cruise is not just limited to the Carnival Valor, but all the Carnival ships I have sailed on in the past couple of years, that being the quality of both food and service. To me both began their decline shortly after the retirement of former CEO Bob Dickerson, or "Uncle Bob" as he was known by employees. On our five night cruise there were two nights I did not eat what I ordered. One was the Beef Lasagna which had zero texture. It was almost mush. The pasta was was overcooked and there was no flavor at all.I ordered another entree and it was fair. The other was the Southern Fried Chicken. I am from the South and I know fried chicken. I got a small breast and drumstick i think it was, but did not keep it long enough to find out. The chicken was very dry inside, and the outside was way overcooked. It is evident that they cooked it at too high a temperature. In the Buffet lines I found the quality to be about the same. The selection also left something to be desired. Also I remember the good ole days of eating all the deserts because they were all so good, but now I try all of them to find one that is good. In all my life I have never had cheese cake that was anything like the stuff on the ship. It seems that it is less cheese and more cake. The only other negative I can think of is the Endless Bubbles program. Compared to RCCL sodas the Carnival program is bad. There are no soda machines so you have to wait in line at a bar and you end up with a warm soda being poured onto ice. Also in the Buffet areas nobody comes along anymore to take drink orders, so you have to get your food, then go outside and stand in line at a bar to get a warm soda on ice (can you tell this is my pet peeve?). The warm soda melts the ice and you have a watered down soda. Carnival needs to consider investing in the self serve soda machines like they have on RCCL. One more thing to note is that in the dining room the waiters used to unroll your napkin and place it on you lap and hand you a menu already opened. Minor thing but they do not do that any more. Also on evening turn down they would always place a mint on your pillow and they no longer do that either. Some of these are small things, but it would be wise to remember that a lot of little bits creates a gob.Other than these items I was happy with the cruise and would consider cruising on the Valor again. OK.. One more thing. I find cruise directors to be so full of themselves. They remind me of the plastic game show hosts. So fake. I took a Carnival last year and had a cruise director named "Jess From The U.S. This young lady was such a delight. She did not try to be the star of the show. She was herself and came across as being real. We need more cruise directors like her. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Embarkment was a breeze. We choose a later time slot of 1:00 and were on the boat by 1:15. We got in our room for 1:30 and noticed that our bed was not two twins as we requested, but a king. Awkward for two friends traveling together, ... Read More
Embarkment was a breeze. We choose a later time slot of 1:00 and were on the boat by 1:15. We got in our room for 1:30 and noticed that our bed was not two twins as we requested, but a king. Awkward for two friends traveling together, but our stateroom steward corrected the problem by dinner. We choose anytime dining and had no problem getting in any night. We found a great server on our second night, Noel, and requested to sit in his section for the rest of the trip. The excursion we booked in Cozumel was cancelled. The bright side, money was refunded to our Sail and Sign card and we spent the day shopping in Cozumel. We were the only ship in port, and it was a Monday, so there weren’t many crowds at all. In fact, we returned to the ship to eat lunch, and then went back out in the port. We really enjoyed our excursion in Progreso. We did a tour of the Dzibilchatltun ruins, lunch at a Mayan restaurant, and a tour of Merida city. It was great and worth taking. It felt like getting two or three excursions in one. We attended two of the three productions and they were fun. The comedians were very funny, and we enjoyed the comedy shows. We attended the sea day brunches and both times the food was good, but the staff wasn’t very personable. The food on the Lido deck was what you would expect. It was always very crowded during mealtimes. We did make reservations with the Chef’s Table, and that was amazing. We were given a tour of the galley, had four amuse bouches in the kitchen, learned how to make chocolate melting cake from the pastry chef, and then enjoyed an eight-course meal with an exclusive group of 9 guests. Wine was paired with each course and we received a photo of the group and a copy of the melting cake recipe at the end of the evening. If you are a foodie, it’s definitely a lot of fun. My friend is not a foodie and I made her come with me. She enjoyed the company but did not like the food. We were the cruise that was diverted to the Port of Mobile due to Hurricane Barry. They made the announcement around dinner time and the entire mood of the ship deflated. We were told that bus transportation would be provided back to New Orleans. I think they could have done a better job explaining how that would work. Disembarkment was a mess. They started with the lower decks but didn’t monitor it and within an hour it became a free-for-all of everyone trying to get off the boat. The staff at the Port of Mobile that had to show up on their day off were very friendly and accommodating and the buses were loading quickly. The bus ride back was fine, but there was a complete lack of organization at the Port of New Orleans. The guests for the next cruise were arriving to the port way too early and we had no place to get out of the buses. There wasn’t parking for the new guests because we weren’t back yet to move our cars. We literally sat in traffic a few blocks from the port for at least 45 minutes. I think Carnival needs to come up with a better emergency plan for the future because this did not work. On a positive note, the captain did an amazing job minimizing the motion of the ship. Even when we were traveling through rough seas, he kept the motion to a minimum. My friend traveled on the Glory six months ago and raved most of the trip about how much smoother this cruise was. The staff of this ship was very friendly and we were addressed by name frequently. TJ the cruise director was very energetic and fun. This was his second to last sailing on the Valor. He mentioned he's moving to a 7 day cruise out of Galveston. I've seen many great reviews about him, and he lived up to the hype. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
I am a cruise person having been on 8 cruises and 5 of those on Carnival Ships. The spa people were standing on the deck offering you a chance for a discount. Having never had a facial I pulled a card and received $50.00 off. I had a ... Read More
I am a cruise person having been on 8 cruises and 5 of those on Carnival Ships. The spa people were standing on the deck offering you a chance for a discount. Having never had a facial I pulled a card and received $50.00 off. I had a facial done which was 165.00 less $50.00 which is $115.00. I SIGNED a receipt for $115.00 however after I get home I see I was charged $135.75. When I contacted Carnival I was told that the Spa Service was contracted. When I call them I was told it was an automatic 20% tip. Issue 1: that is not on the receipt I Signed. Issue 2: read the contract you agree to Spa Service is not listed in automatic gratuity. Issue 3: Told nothing could be done after I get off I should have addressed it on ship, i started the first business day after I got off trying to get any information and it took me 3 days to have someone call me back. Therefore, DO NOT DO A SPA SERVICE! And CARNIVAL what have you done...this is next to the worst cruise I have been on...too may issues to address but this is number 1...this was a Anniversary cruise and I was shocked with Carnival now I am mad!!!! The dining area staff were good we prefer the sit down breakfast and dinner at 6. The room staff need some repair cleaning lessons but did appear in the room daily. Things needed where pointed out but not addressed i.e. the bed light had no knob to turn it on you had to stick your finger in the knob hole to turn it on. The shows were okay. The comedy was good, I love bingo but the caller preferred to talk to much and not just call the numbers. They have a new set up where you do everything on the ship after you get on i.e. the credit card on file so the first 2 days the customer support area was big lines! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this cruise because Port of NO is a great very fast port to use. It was worth the 8 hour drive to NO instead of fighting all the traffic that would’ve been in FL. Getting on and off were as easy as walking out to my mailbox. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Port of NO is a great very fast port to use. It was worth the 8 hour drive to NO instead of fighting all the traffic that would’ve been in FL. Getting on and off were as easy as walking out to my mailbox. We were the only cruise at the port which is probably why. $22 a day to park was really freaking pushing it but again my car from the boat was like walking to my mailbox. My wife and I were bored most of the time. Things on sea days pretty much all cost extra money. $40 dollars for a couple bingo cards come on! She had been on NCL and said she was never bored. Okay here we go excuse the bullet points 1. Boat seemed larger than expected and decent amount of space for everyone considering most boats are now 3900 people. Glory has 2900 2. If you couldn’t find space in one of the 2 pools there are literally 6 hot tubs throughout the ships. 60 percent of time you could get in there comfortably. By the look of other videos I’ve seen of other ships the Glory does seem to have more room with the layout. 3. I was disappointed in the souvenir shop clothes etc part. I thought with 2900 people it would be bigger. The jewelry store is 2x it’s size which is a money maker. 4. Cruise director Dustin definitely worked extremely hard. I would just suggest him to slow down while talking especially directing a cruise in the southern part of the USA. Sometimes hard to listen to because of it. 5. 50 percent of the staff on the boat seemed to dislike their job. I understand they literally get slaved but it’s kind of rubs off. 6. Dining room. We had anytime dining. I would suggest going between 7-8. Dining times are 6 & 8 for scheduled. At least at that time the rush is slowing down before picking up. For the amount of people they serve I would give the service above average. We only had one bad experience out of the 7 nights and I asked to sit on other side which worked out great every night. The last 3 nights on the cruise the dining room food choices became limited to an upscale standard. 7. Cabin. Definitely felt 2003. Pink colors with tan-yellow. Beds I would give 2 stars especially since it came out to being $315 a night for 7 days. Our steward sadly 2 days in a row took our beach towels and forgot to return them; which is a big no no considering their $30 a piece if considered stolen. I hunted him down to get them those 2 days. 8. Deck 8 was our room. The rocking was never really bad I would say 2out5 we were in the front as well interior. 9. Comedy club was I would say above average. We had 4 comedians and 3 were always average. 10. Food on lido deck was average. Sometimes cold if you ate after 2 when coming back to boat on port days. It felt sort of disorganized with all the meats in to different areas of ships. 11. Pizza pirate was average. The pizza is thin as 2 dollar bills. The logistics of it idk but there was usually a line with a wait during the day. 12. Burger joint. Not something I want when laying out in sun. To hot to have a big greasy burger. Went and pooped about a hour after having one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We are repeat customers. Our son turned 21 and wanted to go to New Orleans. My husband doesn't care for New Orleans so a cruise from New Orleans was the perfect option. Carnival never disappoints. The cruise director, Dustin ... Read More
We are repeat customers. Our son turned 21 and wanted to go to New Orleans. My husband doesn't care for New Orleans so a cruise from New Orleans was the perfect option. Carnival never disappoints. The cruise director, Dustin was always positive and got the crowd motivated. The dining room staff Eko, Dominique and Cipta were always on point! Embarkation was amazingly smooth. The ladies directing cruise traffic needs to work on their Customer Service. They were a little too sassy and not in a funny way!! Customer Service should mean "friendly". This is the first impression of your experience. The comedians were great!! June reminded everyone that they were on vacation, love each other and have fun. I think the reminder always goes far!! I wish there were more dancing type shows on the ship. The Roatan excursion to see the kayaking, snorkeling, parrots and monkeys was the best! Monkeys make everything better!! The Tubing and lunch excursion in Belize had an extremely long ride. The long ride for the short "guided" tubing experience was nothing I would recommend. All in all it was a fantastic experience on board!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
This was hands down the worst cruise I’ve ever been on. The food was terrible, especially in the main dining room and service was very slow. We went to the at sea brunch one day and sat there for over 30 minutes before anyone even ... Read More
This was hands down the worst cruise I’ve ever been on. The food was terrible, especially in the main dining room and service was very slow. We went to the at sea brunch one day and sat there for over 30 minutes before anyone even brought water to our table. I got food poisoning from dinner at the main dining room and was out for a whole day because of it. The only highlight in the food department is the Guys Burger Joint. The drink department was very good. The bartenders were always very nice and the drinks were made with name brand liquor. The Alchemy Bar was incredible and we would go there every night. My only complaint about the drinks is that after every order you get a $0.00 (unless your in the Mississippi River where you have to pay extra tax) receipt that you have to sign even if you have the drink package. I am a very good tipper and don’t mind tipping at all, but I felt like having to sign was basically like begging for extra tips. The entertainment on the ship was a joke. We walked out of a show because it was so bad. The casino was a huge letdown. The port of Progresso was the sketchiest port I’ve ever been to. I’m honestly surprised Carnival would take the liability of dropping off passengers there. Overall, pick literally any other cruise to go on. Going into the cruise, I knew it was Carnvial so my expectations weren’t high, but they managed to not even meet my very low expectations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
It was ok at best. Mexico felt safe. Food got old really quick and so did the entertainment. Stay away from the non paying casino. Best part of the trip was getting home. Stay on the boat when it docks and you might get a chance to use the ... Read More
It was ok at best. Mexico felt safe. Food got old really quick and so did the entertainment. Stay away from the non paying casino. Best part of the trip was getting home. Stay on the boat when it docks and you might get a chance to use the pool and hot tub. When in progresso do NOT book the Mi Casa Es Su Casa excursion or you will hate yourself. Tried to review on Carnival but they only take good reviews. Bad food,bad drinks,flies,dirty. Adam our guide was ok I guess and the buss was clean. The AC in our room 7329 worked sometimes. We lucked up and got a fan from our room attendant. The bubbles package was hot can drinks poured over ice . Each drink they had to swipe your card and print a ticket and you had to sign for it. The coffee was like tar it was so strong. Pizza had little to no meat on it. Guys burgers was about the best food on boat and it wasn’t great either. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail from New Orleans and we wanted to cruise during our anniversary. We know Carnival has a reputation for loud partiers, but we thought getting a balcony cabin would help us avoid some of that. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to sail from New Orleans and we wanted to cruise during our anniversary. We know Carnival has a reputation for loud partiers, but we thought getting a balcony cabin would help us avoid some of that. In a nutshell, we wouldn’t chose this cruise if we had the choice to make again. The Valor was old. We knew that and didn’t mind as long as the ship was clean and in working order. For the most part, that was the case. The ship decor was a bit outdated. Again, not really a deal breaker. Our cabin was a balcony cabin on the 9th deck-lido. We liked the convenience of being there and it really wasn’t too loud. Most things were in working order, although one lamp by the sofa never worked the entire duration (and we notified the steward of this the first day). We liked the size of the room. Decent for two people. The balcony was wet most of our stay because of condensation leaking/dripping from above, so that was a bummer. The steward was nice, prompt, and accommodating (I requested extra hangers). The food in the steakhouse was good. We paid $38 extra per person to be able to get decent steak. The first night you get a free bottle of wine if you go to the steakhouse; I knew this from reading reviews, but the wine steward didn’t tell us this. I had to ask, and then he acted perturbed and said yes. This was really the kind of service we received from most waiters and bartenders the entire time. Irritated, perturbed, put out that they had to serve you. There was definitely an undercurrent of dislike/disdain from most of them. We are polite people and we tip extra, so this behavior from them was unwarranted. We even had some bartenders intentionally/blatantly skip over us and ignore us, for no reason. This makes a vacation really no fun at all. Exceptions:Alchemy bar. The bartenders there are nice, knowledgeable and efficient. But, you have to like strong, expensive mixed drinks to go there. The main dining room (ours was Lincoln) was sub par. Service was VERY slow, even though they scurried around like they were very busy; they didn’t appear to be organized or efficient. I wondered if the waiters were just pretending to be busy? The last night we dined there we didn’t get our drinks until we were almost finished with the meal and we only got them because I asked a busser from a nearby section about them. She took pity on us and stepped up to serve our table. I really don’t understand why we had to be treated so rudely (ignored) on the actual day of our anniversary. I made a point to go to my room, get cash, and place it directly into Cindy Lui’s hand to thank her for giving us our drinks and taking our dessert orders, when the others wouldn’t. I vowed then that I’d NEVER go back on that ship. The main dining food was bland and really not very good. We found better options in the buffet on Lido (you have to try several entrees there to identify what is actually good, but there are some good options, and the buffet salad is very fresh and delicious). I hate to say this: The boat stank pretty often. Musty smells around the main Lido pool area (it isn’t well ventilated) and often times at various places on the boat, a strong stench of sewage would greet you. Not my idea of a fun ship. Don’t even get me started on disembarking. Just prepare yourself to wait three hours shoulder to shoulder with herds of people and their luggage (dragging down flights of stairs). Bit of advice: just go sit in the buffet area and wait until the very end and hopefully you can just walk off the boat without the crowds of 3700 people. I’m giving the cruise two stars because despite the overcrowded nature, the rude staff, the old ship, and the smell, we still managed to enjoy our time. The shows we went to were really good, the comedy acts were funny, and we liked the Serenity deck. The ports and excursions we went on were enjoyable. That said, I’ve never been happier to be off of a cruise boat in my entire life!! No more Carnival for us! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our 7th Carnival Cruise and our 30th cruise. We chose this cruise for a relaxing time after a week of touring in New Orleans. Also, we had one of our daughters and her family. The kiddos had a blast going up and down the ... Read More
This was our 7th Carnival Cruise and our 30th cruise. We chose this cruise for a relaxing time after a week of touring in New Orleans. Also, we had one of our daughters and her family. The kiddos had a blast going up and down the waterslide, over and over and over. There was something sharp at the bottom and both kids scraped their feet and came out bleeding at one point. There was nowhere to sit in the shade on the pool deck. We went to Serenity, but children were not allowed there. ALL of the lounges were filled on the main deck. The kid's program seemed to feature too much time on computer games. The dining room staff were stellar. They paid particular attention to our little ones and made them feel so special at "Showtime". The singers and dancers onboard were very good. We enjoyed the first and last production but were totally disappointed with the Country night. The whole family had a great time at the crafting with Georgia. We played bingo and that was soooo annoying. There were only 3 games and too much chatter trying to keep it interesting. It seemed childish at times. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana had decent lunches. The dining room meals were disappointing. Not one meal was worth talking about. Since this was a shorter cruise, we think people used it as a time to get their drink on. At one point, a man was so intoxicated, we thought he would fall over the railing at one of the evening shows. The casino was tight and the machines did not entertain. It was like feeding hungry monsters. The cruise director, TJ, did his job well. Debarkation was a NIGHTMARE. Long waits with nothing to do and no food or drinks. We would probably not go on this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We choose this cruise as a last minute get away. It was very crowded lots of unsupervised children. My husband was in a hot tub but got taken over by children and got mug shots by parents.. he was only adult. The ships mustard station had ... Read More
We choose this cruise as a last minute get away. It was very crowded lots of unsupervised children. My husband was in a hot tub but got taken over by children and got mug shots by parents.. he was only adult. The ships mustard station had us standing outside which was hard on people with small children, and health issues. Someone passed out near us. The hot tubs in the adult area were full and frequently closed. The pool was closed but understood that someone threw up in it. Even though we heard the comic was not that good we went. Saw lots of people get up and walk out.. He really wasn't that good... sorry but we tried and stayed to the end. On another note the 80'S show was very nice and enjoyed. Because we did not think about the timing of the cruise, the lines were very long on the ship. It almost seemed like they were short on staff in many areas. The dinning room hand us completely empty books. Lol he looked very busy and it took a lil while to flag him down to get the menu. We booked a balcony for the first time it was actually the best and we were able to retreat to our room from the crowds. Room steward was great and took care of us. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My daughter and some of her high school friends wanted to go on a senior trip so a cruise on Carnival Valor was chosen. I wasn’t excited about the choice but obliged. The cruise port in New Orleans is a nightmare. If you cruise with ... Read More
My daughter and some of her high school friends wanted to go on a senior trip so a cruise on Carnival Valor was chosen. I wasn’t excited about the choice but obliged. The cruise port in New Orleans is a nightmare. If you cruise with Carnival you are herded like cattle on and off the ship. We were supposed to board the ship at 12:30. We arrived at 11:30 and it took over an hour to board. Once on the ship we couldn’t access our room until 1:30. If you bought the cheers package and didn’t have a credit card attached to your account you couldn’t use your drink package the entire first day because, being on the Mississippi River, they needed to charge tax on drinks and had no way to charge so they wouldn’t serve you and were very rude about it...so essentially 51.00 lost the first day. The ship is old and very dated. The toilet in my room looked like it was never cleaned. It had a black mildew ring in the bowl my entire trip. The curtains in my room looked like they had cigarette burn holes in them. The sofa was dirty and worn. There is only one outlet in each cabin which makes it very difficult to get ready, charge your cell phone, use hairdryers or flat irons... The casino with live entertainment was located directly below my cabin. I had to call and complain about how loud it was nearly every night. I’m ready to sleep by 11:30 and when I can hear a song being played so clearly that I can sing the words it is entirely too loud. We ate in the main dining room two nights and the food was less than average. I had the lasagna one night and it was a square of ground beef with cheese on top. The second night I ordered the Mahi Mahi and it tased like starkist tuna. It was awful. And the desserts were equally as bad. The only entertainment we enjoyed were the comedians. The adult show was for ages 18 and above. My daughter and another boy on the trip were kicked out of the show by Casey from Canada because they were under 18. My daughter will be 18 in a month and I was also with her but Casey from Canada would not let her stay regardless of the fact that the entire rest of her classmates were in the Punchliner lounge. I think if a parent is with their child and they are fine with their child staying with the group then Casey from Canada should have left well enough alone. She even came back over to me during the show and told me my daughter was going to have to leave. Mind you she had already dicked my daughter out but she thought one of her classmates was my daughter and had snuck back in. She was hassling me to the point of not being able to enjoy the show. Casey from Canada was a total thumbs down. Service on this cruise was less than expected. Our room was only serviced once a day in the morning and they never came back to refresh your towels or linens. I had to catch a service cart in the hallway many nights just to get extra towels. I never once saw my cabin steward. The bar staff was rude or had no personality. So many times at the guest services desk they would only have one person working and a line a mile long waiting for help. They automatically charge gratuities to your sail and sign card and if you want them taken off you must stand in the very long line at guest services. Ports left a lot to be desired. Cozumel was fun and all the kids had a great time. We opted for the catamaran cruise beginning at 12:30 which included snorkeling and water toys. The lunch on the island was average and expensive. Progresso is a joke. I have no idea why they choose this place as a port of call. There is absolutely nothing there. Total waste of a day. I just returned from a Norwegian cruise in March and Carnival could definitely learn some pointers from them. I have also cruised on Disney and RCCL several times. Norwegian Bliss was an amazing ship and a wonderful experience. No headaches, long lines, rude staff and you felt like you mattered to them. They worked to take care of their guests and create an experience that would make them want to return. Carnival Valor was definitely the worst cruise I have ever been on and that sealed the deal for me. I will NEVER cruise Carnival again. RCCL and Norwegian will get my business. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
I can't blame the cruise line for the weather conditions but the water was so rough and the ship rocked so much that when we arrived at Progreso, three of the four of us were so seasick that we spent the day in our cabin. Lost the ... Read More
I can't blame the cruise line for the weather conditions but the water was so rough and the ship rocked so much that when we arrived at Progreso, three of the four of us were so seasick that we spent the day in our cabin. Lost the money spent on our excursion. Overheard another passenger say that a staff member had told him that it was always rough sailing around Progreso. On a side note: don't waste your money on the unlimited soda package because it is NOT worth it. The only places you can get soda is at one of the bars or room service. Sodas are not covered by the package through room service so you will pay extra. You're only allowed 1 soda per room card per trip to the bar. (But one person with one room card can order a bucket of bottles of beer) seems a little lopsided. Faster to the Fun - if you don't have it, get it! We didn't purchase it and how I wish we had. You bypass the LONG lines at embarkation to get processed to get on the ship faster and disembark before everyone else. The cabins are a little tight if there are more than two people in the room but the beds are comfortable and there is PLENTY of storage space (closets, drawers and under the beds). If you are bored, it's your own fault. Every minute of the day there is something to do. Our big dilemma is trying to do everything. I highly recommend the cooking demonstration at the steakhouse. You get to taste it all and it was SOOO GOOD! We only ate in the dining room once - on formal night. The appetizers were excellent, the entree left a little to be desired and we weren't offered dessert. We weren't upset though, there is more than enough food on the ship. You will not go hungry. Embarkation was very well organized chaos. It reminded me a little of standing in line to vote in the last presidential election only faster. LOL! There are workers everywhere telling you where to go and what line to be in so getting lost really would be hard. Disembarking, however, was not as smooth. You are called by deck # if you are not a VIP or bought the faster to the fun. Unfortunately, people didn't listen or follow the instructions and were forcing their way into the lines to get off the ship even thought their deck number hadn't been called. It was a mad house of shoulder to shoulder people trying to drag their bags down 4 flights of stairs. Next time I will check our bags and choose a later disembarkation time. I don't mind the waiting, I was prepared for that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We have sailed on this ship in the past out of Miami. We were looking for a 4 night cruise out of New Orleans or Mobile so chose this ship. Embarkation was easy other than navigating the New Orleans traffic. It took us more than 1 hour ... Read More
We have sailed on this ship in the past out of Miami. We were looking for a 4 night cruise out of New Orleans or Mobile so chose this ship. Embarkation was easy other than navigating the New Orleans traffic. It took us more than 1 hour to get from the entrance to the port to inside the parking garage. Our check in time was 12-12:30 and we planned to arrive at the port about 11:45. That wasn't enough time! Overall the ship is in good condition. The crew was friendly. We purchased the Cheers package, after much debate, calculating, more debate, etc. I don't plan to calculate anymore but I think it paid for itself. However, I would not order this for a longer cruise, that's just too much daily drinking for us. Food: In a nutshell it was bad. School cafeteria is the best description. The main dining room was like an assembly line. Our waiters were not personable and it did not feel like a fine dining event at all. The Lido Buffet was equally as bad. The bright spots were Guys Burgers, yummy! Blue Iguana was also good. We ate at Scarlett's 2 nights of the 4 because it was delicious. Dress Code: Forget it. Wear what you want because no one on Carnival cares. The bright spot of our trip was The Alchemy Bar. The servers, Ivana, Maureen and Amel were wonderful and the drinks were the best! We did a mixology class with Ivana that was a lot of fun and we learned how to make some of their cocktails. Try the Basil Drop, Seduction Martini or Cucumber Sunrise! I rate this as average. It had been about 5 years since we had been on Carnival and it may be 5 more. I think we will go back to the other cruise lines for the quality of the food and service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
So I have been on several Carnival cruises and I have to say this was my least favorite. I chose this cruise mainly for my mom since it was her first time cruising I thought this ship was large enough to not feel the waves so much and the ... Read More
So I have been on several Carnival cruises and I have to say this was my least favorite. I chose this cruise mainly for my mom since it was her first time cruising I thought this ship was large enough to not feel the waves so much and the distance to the port was close enough I didn’t have to take an extra day off work to drive there. We did purchase faster to the fun which was a complete waste of money in my opinion. First things first - port of New Orleans AWFUL!!! Our check in time was 12:30-1, I don’t remember it giving me any other option. We arrived at the port area around 11:30 and then waited in a car line for about 45 min to park in the port parking garage ($88 to park for the duration of the cruise). We finally made our way up the parking structure to the roof only to find there were NO PARKING SPACES LEFT. Luckily we ran into apparently the only parking attendant working that day who had me and the twenty other cars behind me follow him back down to deck 3 where they opened up several blocked off spots. It was nearly 1pm by the time we finally got through check in and on the ship. Seemed like most folks were already on the ship so kind of defeated the purpose of having the faster to the fun pass. Bottom line - if you can park somewhere other than the port and shuttle/taxi/Uber in - do it. The ship itself was ok, you can tell it’s kind of older and you can see the wear and tear, but the crew did a great job on keeping things clean. The ship seemed generally very crowded and cramped everywhere the whole cruise. One thing I did notice was there were kids EVERYWHERE! Not sure if this ship had a kids club but it didn’t seem like it. The ship did have an adults only pool with two hot tubs in the back and the serenity area in the front. Our cabin was ok. Would probably book midship next time. Food was pretty good. We only ended up doing sit down dinner one night. All of the other cruises I’d been on the waiters encouraged people to try what they wanted, if you wanted 4 appetizers and 2 entrees go for it. I felt the waiter we had was making people feel guilty for ordering that way. It was awkward so we just chose not to go back. We just did the buffet the other nights, which was good, had a lot of the same entrees as the dining room. Entertainment was alright. We did see two of the theater shows. My mom really enjoyed those, I thought they were kind of cheesy but appreciate the work the performers put in it. I was on a different carnival cruise last November and I’m pretty certain they were the same shows. Cruise director was alright, not my favorite but he was friendly enough. Our port was Cozumel. We booked the elite champagne catamaran sail through carnival. Honestly this was easily the highlight of our trip. The group was small, 20 or so (there were other catamaran sails boarding boats nearby packing 60 people or more on one boat). We had a crew of 6 or 7 that were all so wonderful! They took us out to an area to snorkel first for a while then we got back on the boat and they took us for a nice sail while they served drinks (open bar) and a nice lunch. We stopped in another area for some free swim time where they had a few paddle boards you could try out, use the snorkel equipment again, or just simply float with a pool noodle. I’d recommend this excursion to any adult travelers!! Overall I probably wouldn’t book this cruise again, mostly because of the port on embarkation day and the age/size of the ship and it feeling so crowded. Great crew though and really enjoyed the excursion in Cozumel. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our second cruise, the first being with Princess last year. This time we took our kids, ages 9 and 13. Because of adding them, cost wise we opted to go with Carnival. I knew going in that the experience wouldn’t be the same as ... Read More
This was our second cruise, the first being with Princess last year. This time we took our kids, ages 9 and 13. Because of adding them, cost wise we opted to go with Carnival. I knew going in that the experience wouldn’t be the same as with Princess, especially in regards to food, but I did think that because Carnival owns Princess, the overall service experience would be similar. Also, we have several friends that have been on Carnival cruises and had positive experiences, so we went in with an open mind. This cruise had a lot of pros and cons for me and my husband. Overall it wasn’t BAD, but it certainly wasn’t GREAT. Pros: * My kids both loved the kids club activities. Even my teenager. * The shows we did go see were actually really good. Especially the epic rock performance. * Our room was actually very nice. Beds were extremely comfortable, and we had a decent amount of space for 4 people in one room. * The movie selections for movies under the stars were fairly decent. We saw Aquaman, Venom, and Wreck It Ralph 2, all of which we hadn’t seen yet. *Disembarkation and Embarkment actually went extremely smoothly. Though we had to go on a bit of a search for disembarkment info (the televised info kept glitching and restarting and we never received a flyer with the info). We chose to carry our luggage off ourselves and we were off the boat, through customs, and in our car by 8:45. Cons: * We were extremely underwhelmed with the main dining room food. I had a bowl of penne pasta that was so al dente that some of it crunched. My husband had an appetizer that was supposed to be “beef skewers served with fresh island pineapple”, that ended up just being two small pieces of beef jerky chunk meat on some kind of quickly tossed cabbage with no skewers or pineapple. Extremely unappetizing to look at. That’s just a couple of examples. We ultimately ended up not bothering to go back to the main dining room, because we could get the same underwhelming food on the buffet and not have to deal with the scheduling headache. *The entertainment schedule. We had the late 8:15 dining option. However, the schedule is built that main activities such as shows are at 7:30 or 9. Neither of which worked if you wanted to eat in your dining room. Had I known about the entertainment schedule, I probably would have chose the anytime dining. But we really liked having an assigned dining time and servers on our last cruise. It allowed us to get to know people. Additionally, there just didn’t seem like there was a lot of options of things to do that aren’t thinly veiled sales pitches. And yes, I know that’s a cruise ship thing, but this one felt like it was a solid 75% of the “entertainment”. There would be huge blocks of time on most sea days where you just didn’t have anything to do if you didn’t want to get a cold sale. The art gallery on Glory is stored in the White Heat nightclub that I guess they don’t use anymore, and a small tucked away room hidden in the entrance of the golden dining room. So you couldn’t even easily walk around and just look at the art if you were bored. * The food option schedule- the closing times on the food choices made no sense at all to me. The taco place and the bbq place close at 2:30 on sea days and 3:30 on port days. Guy’s Burgers closes at 6. I didn’t understand why these would be closed during dinner time at all, and I certainly don’t understand why some would close on sea days when everyone is on the ship and lines are longer at all food places. * State of the ship- my husband is a mariner, so we understand how hard it is to upkeep a ship, particularly one that is constantly exposed to salt water. However, the amount of rust all over the ship was pretty sad. Additionally, they seem to be dealing with some significant water issues. The 12th deck by the kids club had fans running on the carpet for almost the entire cruise, and the smell of mildew was extremely strong. On the second day of the cruise we were walking on the 4th deck and water was gushing out of a closet where they keep equipment. We notified staff and they were still working on it the next day when we went into port. On more than one occasion you’d hear gurgling sounds in the walls that were NOT the normal cruise sounds of flushing toilets or a shower running in a nearby state room. There were a few different times and spots where you’d see the fans blowing on wet carpet. * Service- This one might be slightly nit picky, but it was something I noticed that definitely effected my enjoyment. The service on this cruise was nowhere near the service I got on Princess. This could mostly be explained by ratio, I think princess operates at closer to a 2:1 ratio where Carnival is closer to 3:1. However, at one point I asked a dining room server where I could get a soda and she instructed me I needed to go to the bar and get it myself. The bars are the only places to get a soda, which I didn’t love. I didn’t like having to wait in multiple lines to eat and get a drink, and I wasn’t a huge fan of my kids having to go sit at the bar to order their own sodas. I don’t understand why they can have the self serve beer stations but not have self serve soda machines with similar card swipe situations. Hopefully this all made sense and you guys understand I’m not trying to sway anyone for or against Carnival. This is just what my family noticed. I think there’s a perfect fit for every kind of vacationer. We aren’t sit by the pool and drink people, and like to have a full list of options to do. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
this Was the fourth cruise with Carnival. All the others had been outstandingly enjoyable so was really looking forward to this one. Another couple that has traveled with us in the past was also with us on this one. They had never been to ... Read More
this Was the fourth cruise with Carnival. All the others had been outstandingly enjoyable so was really looking forward to this one. Another couple that has traveled with us in the past was also with us on this one. They had never been to Nassau and none of us had spent enough time in Key West. The ship, although rather aged in cruise vessels, was very well maintained. Not much rust was apparent and the ship was clean. The staff was exceptional as was expected. We ate our evening meal in the main dining room and the food was good but not as good as other cruises. The entertainment was very disappointing. The main shows lacked enthusiasm, the only bands were in the atrium and it was always crowded. I have always enjoyed the piano bars but it was always hard to find seating except on the Glory. My wife and I went to the piano bar and I was shocked to see so many empty tables and chairs. That is until the pianist begin playing and singing. He should not be allowed to be anywhere near a microphone. One more thing, although the staff was very good, they seemed to be understaffed and overworked. My sister in law stated that had this been her first cruise she doesn’t think she would ever take another. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I have cruised with Carnival over 100 days. I live close to 2 cruise ports and take advantage of the same day drive to the port. I picked this cruise because it was 8 days and went to Key West. I had not been there in 6 years. This was ... Read More
I have cruised with Carnival over 100 days. I live close to 2 cruise ports and take advantage of the same day drive to the port. I picked this cruise because it was 8 days and went to Key West. I had not been there in 6 years. This was also my first trip to Half Moon Cay. Embarkation was very smooth and we walked on the ship immediately after going through security. We had lunch at the Anchor BBQ and it was very good. Overall we had a good cruise. There were some negatives. Our cabin was on the Riveria Deck in bow. The room was in good shape and the A/C worked very well. We heard some complaints by other passengers that their A/C did not work and rooms were warm. Our room steward did a great job. We had late dining in the aft dining room. Late dining is not my cup tea. Eating at 8:30 to 9:00 is too late. This not the ships fault. We booked late and that is all that was available. The wait staff did a great job. However, the menu is becoming boring. The menu has had very few changes over the years. I do not enjoy the shows in the theater. I did enjoy the family friendly comedy shows. The musicians were a mixed bag. The brass section was good and some of the solo artist were good. Carnival is a lower end cruise experience. Carnival is not a luxury cruise ship and it is not a gourmet food experience. People will over indulge and you will hear more foul language than you may want to hear. We also had someone throw up in the main pool on the last sea day and it had to be drained and refilled. Also the hairy chest contest is not for children. It can be over risque when the participants have over indulged. On debarkation, 5 NO policemen and a police dog escorted someone off the ship in handcuffs. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and you can find plenty of places on the ship to get away from the crazies. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We went with 3 dear close friends on a 5 day from New Orleans. We had an excellent time. Tony our Steward was excellent and took great care of us !! Food outlets and restaurants as well steak house were great, We loved Café Denis ... Read More
We went with 3 dear close friends on a 5 day from New Orleans. We had an excellent time. Tony our Steward was excellent and took great care of us !! Food outlets and restaurants as well steak house were great, We loved Café Denis in Cozumel but stayed on ship in Progresso as its too far to go anywhere in our opinion. The folks at The Alchemy Bar especially EDUARDO were fabulous !! Great service and great fun !! Didn't care for the comedian but that's a personal taste. Many enjoyed the show. We would sail it again. The Love and Marriage show was fun but not LGBTQ friendly in terms of having a same sex couple up there. There were numerous gay couples on board, and a diverse crowd. Everyone got along and there were no issues on board except a late fire alarm that I didn't hear about thanks to a few too many XO Martinis. I love the glory and would sail it again. Its an easy ship to navigate and not too large. Its starting to show its age a touch but Im sure Carnival will refurbish it within a few years. We loved it and I recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
This is my 5th Carnival Cruise out of New Orleans and the first time on The Glory. Embarkation was smooth. Make sure you have your paperwork out and ready. This was my first time to have cash only on my sign and sail card. I used Gift ... Read More
This is my 5th Carnival Cruise out of New Orleans and the first time on The Glory. Embarkation was smooth. Make sure you have your paperwork out and ready. This was my first time to have cash only on my sign and sail card. I used Gift Cards and I was amazed over how easy it was. Before boarding, you go to a desk and they put it on your S&S card for you. We had Faster to the Fun so we arrived at the port at 10:00 a.m. and was on the ship and in our room by 11:00 a.m. Our cabin was 1111. The room Steward Adrian was the best Steward we have ever had. He kept ice in our bucket and the cabin clean. We kept the curtains pulled during the day, so the cabin stayed very cool. The balcony does not have a cover over the top and the Serenity Deck can look down on you. Other than this, it's an excellent cabin and location. It is just steps from the lido and it is very quiet. We also had the CHEERS package and found that the drinks seemed to be watered down, except for at the Alchemy Bar. We had anytime dining and discovered that by arriving at 5:45, there was not a wait for a table. The Seafood shack was excellent and worth the up-charge. On Embarkation day, I highly suggest that you eat at the BBQ place. There wasn't anyone there but us. The shows were very good and entertaining. The Comedy Club was fun, but crowded so get there early. The ship itself was easy to navigate around and there was never much of a wait at the elevators or bars like other ships we have been on. We were there during the school year so there were very few kids on board, which left the water slide to us. It was so much fun and I highly recommend it for all ages. (We are in our 50's) We will certainly sail on The Glory again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
My husband, myself, our daughter and 4 yr old grandson went on this cruise. I was nervous if we’d like it, but it proved to be an excellent vacation. We spent one day in New Orleans, stopping at the aquarium. It’s the best ... Read More
My husband, myself, our daughter and 4 yr old grandson went on this cruise. I was nervous if we’d like it, but it proved to be an excellent vacation. We spent one day in New Orleans, stopping at the aquarium. It’s the best aquarium i’ve Ever visited, and worth the cost of admission. The ship is large enough to have much to see and explore but not so large that a person would feel overwhelmed. Since we had a suite, we had priority boarding which made the boarding process much easier when traveling with a child. We had cabin 7312, a grand suite, and there was plenty of room and storage for 4 people. B/c this cabin is mid ship, it’s a convenient walk to either elevator. Our Stewart was Erfron, who was excellent. The location was quiet. About the only negative is one closet door stuck slightly and didn’t glide as easily as the others. We ate a few times in the MDR, and was pleased with the food and excellent service. We had “my time” dining and had several waiters who gave extra attention to our grandson (which warms my heart ❤️); they were Yudi, Fernando, Sevin, and Gusti. It’s not easy for a 4 yr old to seat thru dinner, but they kept him entertained and made our trip so very special. We tried various other dining during the week. Magnolia Wok was good. The pizza was ok ( pizza was good, made to order, but I prefer thick crust). Guy’s burgers were yummy, and the fries to die for. My husband tried the deli and Pig & anchor, and thought both was good. Pasta Bella was tasty. We ate quite a bit at the Lido buffet and enjoyed each meal. Blue iguana was probably my favorite. Between the 4 of us, we visited Swirls daily, and it was delicious. We missed the show we wanted to see (80’s pop) due to lack of available seats (we arrived late). We did attend the Dr. Seuss parade. Although our grandson was too shy to volunteer for a role, he enjoyed watching it. He loved picking his build a bear a animal (bunny). In the evening we sat on Lido and watched dive in theatre. We all enjoyed the Green Eggs & Ham breakfast; Yudi and Sevin again made him feel special. Ports- Jamaica we visited Dolphin Encounter, which we liked; it’s clean, set up well, organized and a cute park. Our dolphin was Alex. We also went into a shallow lagoon and touched a sting ray. The ride was maybe 20 minutes to get there. We then went to Doctor’s Cave beach. It’s a nice beach for kids (level & calm), the sand is soft but Its in the middle of a resort area and I was hoping for a more natural/secluded beach. Grand cayman- we went to the turtle farm. We loved this park; very clean and laid out well. We snorkeled with the turtles, saw a shark, and swam in the pool area. There’s so much to do there I wish we had more time to see it all. We then took the bus to a boat and went to stingray sand bar....it was awesome! The water was crystal clear and the rays were amazing. Cozumel- we did a little shopping before our tour at the dolphin encounter (dolphinaria?). Once again, the park was clean and we enjoyed our visit. This tour included lunch, which tasted good. Otherwise we spent our time in the pools, hot tub and our grandson on the small sliding board. Again b/c we had priority boarding, disembarkation was smooth. We all had a great week and are already talking about booking another cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
First and foremost let's start with the embarkation process. This being my first carnival Cruise and my first cruise out of the Port of New Orleans I was pleasantly surpised how efficiently my party of six got through the process. I ... Read More
First and foremost let's start with the embarkation process. This being my first carnival Cruise and my first cruise out of the Port of New Orleans I was pleasantly surpised how efficiently my party of six got through the process. I should note we had the 11:30am check in. When we arrived prior to our boarding time we were greeted with happy employees who were already pushing people through from 12:30 block. Needless to say this didn't negatively effect our process as we were on promptly. As we entered the ship we took the opportunity to begin to utilize our Cheers drink package. Our experience as a group was that the cheers package was an excellent addition for our cruise experience. We became regulars at the alchemy bar were Ed our go to bartender had us drinking some great cocktails. My group's only complaint from the Cheers package was being blindsided by the extra charges while still in Louisanna waters. Granted it was negligible but it was still an annoying factor in the beginning and end of our alcohol experience. After enjoying a few beverages we had the opportunity to check out our cabins. I was pleasantly surpised with the size of the cabin. We we're lucky enough to be told to bring a surge protector to get more outlets and USB fans in case the rooms were a little warm. We had two rooms for our party of six and one room was perfectly air-conditioned at all times the other ran warm. That being my only complaint the bathroom was nice and the cabin all and all was nice. Food experience My group was lucky to have let me do a lot of research prior to getting on the carnival glory. We had a nice game plan that allowed us to attack carnival glory with a great plan. We spent every dinner at the main Dining room except for two (chefs table and emerald steakhouse). Our main dining room experience was excellent our server, Red , knew our name before we finished our first meal and was excellent at getting us whatever we asked for promptly. His team also had our go to drinks ready to go every day. The food was good and we never left hungry. We did go to the main dining room on sea days for the sea day brunch. This is an awesome experience that you should check out as it's a full breakfast experience with stuff like Huevos Rancheros and Steak and Eggs. Do yourself a favor and do this at least once for your sea day breakfast. Our other breakfast option was blue iguana cantina. We did this during port days as it was a quick but filling meal. They had a lot of options with good flavors and if you were still hungry you could just walk into the lido buffet behind it.( I was full with the burrito so I never went into the lido for breakfast) Moving on for Lunch the bot iguana cantina offered burritos, tacos, and chips/salsa. I had no complaints as this was a regular go to during my lunch time hours. Guys burgers : the burgers were awesome when they were open. The service was quick and the topping bar was pretty awesome. I enjoyed there take on the fries. The deli: the deli had a lot of good options my only complaint was when it was crowded it was not a quick easy to fill up. Never had a bad meal here though. Guys BBQ: I was only fortunate enough to make it here once during the cruise but the good was really good. I definitely didn't expect this quality food while at Sea when it came to BBQ . Specialty options: Chefs table was an excellent experience. It started off with a tour of the entire kitchen. During this tour sooner if the chefs showed us how they made some of the dishes. They eventually took us to our own septate room for the meal. The courses were excellent. Unlike royal Caribbean chef table wetter they pair a wine with each course Carnival let us pick a wine to pair for the entire dinner. At the end we were given a photograph of the group and the employees who served us. It was a nice ending touch. Emerald steakhouse: I'll be honest I Wasn't initially intending on going to the Steakhouse during our cruise but we decided to try it out. The entire meal was excellent, I did the wagu steak with an add NB of the lobster tail. The appetizers prior were great the sides are ok with the main course. That being said this was one of the best meals I ever had at Sea or on land. Entertainment and activities: I had high hopes for the activities as a long time royal Caribbean cruiser. I felt like our cruise director fell flat to what I was used to. Some of the activities the previous cruise director had were missing (the qwest) and some Royal Caribbean regulars weren't there at all ( belly flop). That being said ... The love and marriage show, CLUE game, Hasbro Game Night and battle of the sexes were awesome. They had a ton of trivia opportunities and the night club was always a good time. I felt as if the cruise was missing that constant cruise director experience to make the activities feel like can't miss opportunities. Lip sync battle wasn't for me but I encourage you to try it. I highly recommend you check out the punchline comedy club and the piano bar which were lively every night and kept the entertainment going. My only negative with the night life was how early most of the bars closed. Many bars closed at midnight which for me is sometimes when the party was just really getting started. Ports of call: Cozumel Mexico : I have been to this port plenty so it was important to do an excursion to enjoy my time here. My group decided on a catamaran and all inclusive at passion island. The catamaran ride was relaxing and the island was awesome. Drinks and food included with sports and other activities. We enjoyed this excursion the most of the two. Yucatan Progreso: Yucatan is very much a developing tourism spot. The beach is Beautiful but you can tell they are trying to build amenities to make it more attractive toursim destination. We did the Corona Beach party. The drinks and the ride were included and for the price I definitely got my money's worth. The only downside was a lot of people pushing stuff to sell on you while trying to enjoy the beach. Lastly debarkation process: as I was staying in NoLa the next two days this process was harmless. I rolled my luggage off the boat and through customs within 15 minutes. Hardest part was saying goodbye to excellent vacation. I highly recommend this cruise and this itinerary for the price. My experience was so good I've already booked my next carnival Cruise Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
The ship was overcrowded wasn't enough places to sit by the pool area and staff would constantly make people get up off their lounge chairs on lido deck so they could do some kind of activity. State room was hot and stuffy, water in ... Read More
The ship was overcrowded wasn't enough places to sit by the pool area and staff would constantly make people get up off their lounge chairs on lido deck so they could do some kind of activity. State room was hot and stuffy, water in state room showers could not be regulated it was degrees of hot to really really hot! Food in dining room was average at best . Planned activities were overlapping so much so that eating in the dining room was almost impossible embarking was good very slow to get off ship !!!! Really enjoyed karaoke and the the young lady that ran it ! Shore excursions were really expensive for what you got ! Dont think I will sail on the glory again it was not worth all the issues that I had to deal with . Kids had a good time they liked the all the time ice cream . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
The ship was nice however being a smoker I found it to not be very smoker friendly (I know there are people who don't like smoking but, why should they have it better than us smokers? We all pay to cruise) there seemed to be more ... Read More
The ship was nice however being a smoker I found it to not be very smoker friendly (I know there are people who don't like smoking but, why should they have it better than us smokers? We all pay to cruise) there seemed to be more smokers on board than there was room for us all to smoke and be able to sit down and relax with a smoke and drink. The cabin was nice and dinning (food) was okay (our dinning staff was awesome!). The comedy shows were great but, the theater shows not so much. If you were in a hot tub at night (not late at night either before 9:00pm), you had to get out of the hot tub to go to the bar to get a drink yourself. Servers were very scarce. Our other services were on point. We missed our Honduras port which was very disappointing, as the excursion I had booked there was on my bucket list. Overall the cruise was nice and I got to spend quality time with family. Although my first cruise which was with Norwegian cruise line was much better. We plan on cruising again in the future, we may or may not book with Carnival as I am undecided at the moment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise based on value, itinerary (going to Roatán and to a lesser extent Belize City was important) and port of departure – the most important. My wife and I have been on 14 cruises together, with this being the 4th on ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on value, itinerary (going to Roatán and to a lesser extent Belize City was important) and port of departure – the most important. My wife and I have been on 14 cruises together, with this being the 4th on Carnival. We departed on Easter Sunday. Embarkation was the best I’ve ever experienced. From parking the car at the Erato Street Cruise Terminal to entry on the ship took less than one hour. The ship, the Carnival Dream, has a layout that is much improved over the Carnival Triumph. The décor is garish, but better than the Triumph, which is arguably ugly. The pool area has much better seating. The bars have a better location. The rear pool has no retractable rook (which for some reason the crew of the Triumph kept closing on sweltering days). The Triumph has a huge portion of the pool area devoted to chaise lounges, which seems like a waste. The Dream’s layout is much smarter. The best difference is that the Dream has a full wrap-around old-school promenade, something I love. I was starting to think actual promenade decks were a thing of the past except for the name. We had a balcony cabin, 6262, which was great, and to me identical to the Triumph. Our cabin steward did an excellent job. They asked me if I wanted cabin service morning, evening or both. Carnival must be getting cheesy in this regard. I never was asked this before. We had main seating in the Scarlet Dining Room, upper level. The upper level is the better one in my opinion, as the lower level is on a deck that does not allow through passage. The Scarlet Dining Room is preferable to the Crimson (to me) as the Scarlet has the beautiful rear windows to which our table was reasonably close. The service was great. The food was outstanding. The food on Carnival is comparable to that of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. If you are expecting Commander’s Palace, you will be disappointed. But if you are expecting good-quality mainstream cruise dining room food, you will be pleased. I love how every evening they had wonderful jazz playing at tasteful levels, which added to the elegant ambiance. The lido buffet restaurant was pretty good. Nothing to complain about, but nothing to brag about. The breakfasts and lunch there were pleasant and enjoyable. The layout of the lido is exactly like the Triumph, which is not the best. The Guy Fieri Burger Joint was pretty good. We went there one time. I did not care for the Pig and Anchor, though. There was a Chinese style noodle service area on the Lido Deck, which was quite nice. The bar service was very good. I especially liked the Alchemy Bar, which had an elegance of another era, with knowledgeable bartenders. The pool bars were pretty good, with friendly efficient service with a smile. One great thing was the adult only quiet area called Serenity on one of the top decks forward. It had a small bar there, which was a great find on that last at-sea day on the way home. As far as music goes, if you like jazz, it sucks. They did have some of the horn players playing near the Alchemy Bar at departure. I think they played a couple of short sets after that, but never at a convenient time. The piano bar, which is really fun, does not do jazz. The piano player is really good and entertaining. I don’t want to knock him. There was a really good steel drum player on many of the afternoons playing by the pool. There was a group of three violin players in the atrium who played often before dinner. They were great, playing an eclectic mix of classical, country (i.e., fiddle) and pop music. I enjoyed them immensely. There was also a pretty good rock guitar player we saw one night. There was too much country and kid music for my taste. At the ports, Costa Maya was disorganized, which often happens on Carnival, but Belize and Cózumel were done pretty well without complaints from me. We could not dock at Mahogany Bay on Roatán due to dangerous current conditions. I had this happen on the Norwegian Sprit in 2011, and that captain took us to the other port, Coxen Hole, where we disembarked by tender. They never explained why they never did that. I am very disappointed by that, as we were to meet some local folks there whom we know, to have some machuca (coconut and plantain based seafood soup that is to die for) at Punta Gorda on the north coast. We instead made large circles in the water and eventually sailed towards Belize across the Gulf of Honduras at almost walking speed. It was on that day that they opened the Pig and Anchor which was not their usual schedule. The menu item that looked best was unavailable. I got this sausage that was not good at all. So instead of eating machuca with friends, I started to eat bad sausage and Lido Deck buffet food, which was OK, I guess. In any event I did not let it ruin our trip. All in all it was a great vacation. Read Less
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